Cruel InventionsVirgin Records Us #ad - Cruel inventions is but the third in a gently swelling series of consistently creative, intriguingly off-center pop-rock recordings. Quietly, almost imperceptibly, Southern California thrush Sam Phillips has built up an exceptional body of work. Songs such as "lying, " "raised on promises, " and "Now I Can't Find the Door" leave one feeling unsettled.
. And enthralled. As with all of her "sam" recordings prior to the mid '80s, she'd achieved considerable success in Christian music circles under her given name, this 10-song set from 1991 is branded by a kind of chamber psychedelia courtesy of her hubby, Leslie Phillips, producer T Bone Burnett. With van dyke parks, and special guest elvis Costello helping to shape the soundscape, Phillips wafts above the cushioned din, Marc Ribot, gazing down on scenes that inspire incongruously harsh denouements.
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Martinis & BikinisOmnivore Recordings, LLC 25828161 #ad - Shrink-wrapped. Available on cd and—for the first time ever—on vinyl! The first pressing of 1, 500 will be on double white vinyl future pressings will be on black vinyl. With then husband, t Bone Burnett once again behind the boards, Phillips delivered a masterpiece. How could she not with amazing songs and a brilliant cast of musicians, including XTC’s Colin Moulding, R.
E. M. S peter buck, marvin etzioni and don heffington from lone justice, marc ribot, and arrangements from some guy named Van Dyke Parks! Omnivore’s edition is even more spectacular than the original, picked by Sam herself, as it includes four bonus tracks, “Strawberry Road” 2012 version, Heartbreaker Benmont Tench, and one, Mickey Curry, newly recorded for this release.
Martinis & Bikinis #ad - While sam phillips’ previous releases were regarded as pure pop treasures, everything seemed to completely fall into place for her fourth—1994’s Martinis & Bikinis.
Fan DanceNonesuch Records #ad - Having moved from virgin, her major-label sponsor throughout the '90s, to nonesuch, Phillips and longtime producer and husband T Bone Burnett have set aside the Beatle-esque pop that marked her uncovered 1988 gem The Indescribable Wow and the effervescent exotica that informed 1996's Omnipop for a more subdued approach.
But the star of the show remains Phillips, whose vibrant personality shines brightly throughout this welcome comeback. Still, the cd boasts the kind of complex lyrical passion that is a Phillips trademark. Phillips/burnett collaborations have long been marked by sterling musicianship and Fan Dance is no exception: Van Dyke Parks, Marc Ribot, and Gillian Welch are among the contributors here.
Fan Dance #ad - For sam phillips, the days of star-making big-budget productions have passed. Steven Stolder Shrink-wrapped.
A Boot and a ShoeNonesuch Records #ad - The new music is simple while sophisticated, rich but economical, deriving much of its power from restraint and subtlety. Sam phillips- A Boot And A Shoe. Shrink-wrapped. On a boot and a shoe sam phillips fully realizes the sound she began exploring on her acclaimed Nonesuch debut, Fan Dance. Produced by t-bone burnett, the record's 13 songs unfold with the intimacy and organic coherence of a live show.
World on SticksLittlebox Recordings #ad - We hand big business and big tech the keys when we accept their definitions and dreams of the good life, of success, of beauty, instead of creating our own. Swinging from broken modern sounds to dreamy, speed, cinematic music, Phillips unique voice takes us on a journey through a world thrown off balance by excessive greed, pollution and power.
With big drums and beautiful strings, sam phillips conjured up her 10th studio album, World on Sticks, in between making music for television Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life for Netflix and The Marvelous Mrs. As i wrote these songs I wanted to look at our lost connections. With nature, with mystery, with other humans and parts of ourselves, Phillips explains.
Maisel for Amazon. Sam phillips- A Boot And A Shoe. Troubles on the outside can be reflections of troubles on the inside. Sam s band, and eric gorfain multi-instrumentalist/arranger, Jay Bellerose drums, Jennifer Condos bass, is joined by special guests Jon Brion bass/guitar, Chris Bruce guitar and The Section Quartet strings.
World on Sticks #ad - She may not want to live here forever, a dark mancini-like song about a sociopath, as she says in Roll Em, but Sam ends the album with the assertion that, If only / with candles and stars / And broken light from dreams like ours / we will still find our way through / to love. Shrink-wrapped. Though the title world on sticks suggests a gloomy view of the world, Phillips uses the phrase affectionately in the title song s lyric when she says our world on sticks so brave so small / I m ready for the works so let s have it all.
Push Any ButtonLittlebox Recordings #ad - Push any button is Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Sam Phillips' tenth studio album. Featuring musicians jay bellerose drums, eric gorfain guitar/violin, The Section Quartet strings and Dave Palmer piano, Jennifer Condos bass, this collection of songs is Sam's impressionistic take on pop music from the 20th century, Benmont Tench piano, but with an odd twist.
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Don't Do AnythingNonesuch #ad - That song illustrates the power of Phillips spare yet haunting approach. An evocation of sister rosetta tharpe, the legendary performer who bridged gospel and rock & roll, the track sports gypsy rhythms andhas a beautifully broken-in feel, as if someone had spun it countless times on vinyl before tranferring the song to CD.
. On signal and flowers Up, the string players provide understated, movie-score-style atmosphere. As a vocalist, phillips remains coolly matter-of-fact even with the most confessional of lyrics. In fact, one of the most highlypraised tracks on the new robert Plant / Allison Krauss collaboration, Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us, Raising Sand, was written byPhillips and appears on Don't Do Anything in its original form.
Don't Do Anything #ad - With deft, the los angeles times has said, powerful strokes, in a review of Phillips 2004A Boot and a Shoe, the singer-songwriter chisels emotions, impressions, yearnings and regrets. In a career of more than two decades, sam phillips has built an intensely loyal fan base that has tracked the evolution of her music from Beatles-esque alternative pop to seductively stripped-down torch songs - with an intriguing side trip into the world of The Gilmore Girls, where she served as composer.
Don't doanything has a more pronounced rock feel than her two previous Nonesuch discs, especially on tracks like My Career in Chemistry, Under the Night and the title song. With lyrics thatalternate between confessional and dream-like, Phillips unfolds a multi-layered story about love and loss in which Tharpe serves as akind of musical and spiritual guardian angel.
This time she delves into the story of Depression-erapreacher Aimee Semple McPherson, whose evangelist empire was brought down by a mysterious disappearance and romantic scandal. She s also been creating visual collages from vintage magazine advertisements, accessible on her website that have become the springboard for songs like Flowers Up.
Omnipop It's Only A Flesh Wound LambchopVirgin Records #ad - Jeff bateman Shrink-wrapped. A disappointment after 1991's near-perfect Cruel Inventions. Thereafter things get wonky as phillips and her cohorts Marc Ribot, Jerry Scheff, husband T-Bone Burnett, and others let their experimental urges run free on songs that are a little too clever and complex for most listeners.
The dark, thudding opener "Entertainmen" is one of Phillips's most intriguing songs. Sam phillips- A Boot And A Shoe.